I’m on the road traveling from Takoradi to Accra. I have travelled this road for forty years at least; first with my dad, on my own and these days more often than not, with my driver. I drive past the towns and villages and find myself asking the question, what’s changed?
Well, not much except that most of the buildings have lost their paint and several have fallen apart. If they are painted, you can be sure it’s in the colors of the competing telecom operators; their logos prominently displayed. If they are lucky the whole house is painted on the outside. Often, what’s painted is the side of the house facing the bypassing vehicles.
The old bailey bridge over the Pra River is still visible. The Pra is now dark brown, polluted and destroyed by illegal gold mining wholesale nfl jerseys activity along its banks. The bridge over it is new. wholesale nba jerseys That’s what’s new.
What else cheap nfl jerseys can I speak positively of? The road; yes, the road. It is truly an example of what was Champs well built. Smooth as ever after so many years. Yes there are bad patches here and there but overall, it’s still in pretty good shape.
So why has everything else remained the same or gotten worse over the years? Where is the development? I’m arguing now with my namesake, David, who is traveling with me. He has just singled out the fact that “these days you can go by air to Takoradi”. I’m smiling. Small boys are young. He has no idea that forty years ago, I used to wave goodbye to my big sister OBSERVER Patti, at the Ballroom same airport (It’s actually the air wholesale nfl jerseys force station) until the service disappeared only to be revived recently by the oil industry. The expatriate community heading offshore and between Accra and Takoradi need it. They won’t risk their lives on this route if they can idiomáticas afford not to.
Our conversation has Africa evolved and I’m turning on the pressure telling David that his “new” Yay?nda hotels in Accra – the Golden Tulip and Movenpick – used to be known as Continental and Ambassador. “You mean they were there before?”, he asks. My answer: “listen buddy, they boasted live bands, mostly Ghanaian food and a “Ghanaian way of streets life”; not western wholesale jerseys style bars and recreation”. Then returning to the beginning of our conversation, I add: “we’ve just left Takoradi where I was born and raised and I’m telling you, it’s a lot dirtier and crowded. There is nothing new and exciting I can point to. We’ve gone backwards!”.
Am I being too harsh?